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A Poetic, Modern Villa in Palm Springs

A Poetic, Modern Villa in Palm Springs

Schooled in architecture and music at Berkeley and Harvard, Anthony Poon was studying modernism in the mid-1980s when post-modernism was all the rage. But the discipline of Harvard’s Bauhaus regimen clearly won out. “I was drawing with incredible rigor,” he says. “It was a very academic approach.” Still, in his Modern Villa, designed with developer [...]

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A Zen Masterpiece, a Reasonable Price

A Zen Masterpiece, a Reasonable Price

In 2005, fresh from selling his substantial portfolio of residential real estate in downtown Dallas, developer Andrew Adler moved to California. Wisely, he waited. When the bubble in the housing market burst, he began to look around. And he found a development in Palm Springs, one built around a Jack Nicklaus golf course, and in [...]

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In Wuhan, Mixed Use from 5+design

In Wuhan, Mixed Use from 5+design

Wuhan is a second-tier city of 15 million people in China, poised on the cusp of greatness. And 5+design, out of Hollywood, Calif., is on hand to help. The company announced this week that ground has been broken on Park Place, a mixed-use project set within the Shui On Land Wuhan Yongqing master plan. “Wuhan [...]

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In Meatpacking District, Abattoir to Art

In Meatpacking District, Abattoir to Art

Fresh out of Cooper Union in 1979 and armed with a degree in fine arts and a major in photography, Brian Rose set out to photograph New York. He shot the Lower East Side, landed a grant to shoot the Financial District, then took on Central Park for the Conservancy when it was in its [...]

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In San Francisco, Work by Akio Nukaga

In San Francisco, Work by Akio Nukaga

By George Calys In the centuries-old tradition of Japanese ceramics, potters were “born into the profession,” much like cobblers, silversmiths or leather workers in pre-industrial Europe.  But Akio Nukaya, a renowned master potter, had no artisanal pedigree; he had to earn his place throwing clay and pushing the boundaries of accepted Japanese pottery. As part [...]

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A Public Park for More than Recreation

A Public Park for More than Recreation

The 3.25-acre park on the site of a proposed 50-story Miami Beach tower is more than a just a place to play. This landscape component at 500 Alton seeks to complement the city’s plans to install a series of pumping stations that will soon parallel the shores of Biscayne Bay. “We can provide room for [...]

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In Miami Beach, 50 Stories and a Park

In Miami Beach, 50 Stories and a Park

“Gigantic,” “Over-the-top” and “Controversial” are just three of the adjectives used thus far to describe 500 Alton, a new, 50-story residential tower that may one day hover above the entrance to Miami Beach. “Ambitious” might be added to the list as well. Sleekly designed by Perkins+Will, with a thoughtful and sustainable landscape design from Urban [...]

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Lush Minimalism from Keith Williams

Lush Minimalism from Keith Williams

An innate gift for design – coupled with an apprenticeship with landscape architect Mario Nievera – has paid off in spades for Keith Williams. He started with Nievera almost 17 years ago. “He taught me everything: drawing, line weight and pencils,” Williams says. “He threw it all at me.” At the time, the firm consisted [...]

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Poliform’s Custom Italian Artisanship

Poliform’s Custom Italian Artisanship

Poliform, established in the 1970s in the northern Italian furniture district of  Brianza, has evolved from a small artisan family business into a larger company offering diversified living and dining collections. And with its acquisition of Varenna, it now offers sleek and modern kitchens too. A+A recently interviewed representatives of the company via email: Who are your [...]

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Streamsong Resort, Literally Translated

Streamsong Resort, Literally Translated

First of all, there are the books. A clue to the attention to detail in guest rooms at Streamsong Resort in central Florida’s Bone Valley, their titles read like a Who’s Who of American literature. On the shelves are William Faulkner’s Light in August, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, [...]

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